One quick drive across Interstate 80 was all it took to revive the Albuquerque bats. The Isotopes rebounded from a shutout loss the night before with a 7-4 victory over the host Sacramento River Cats on Tuesday night.
After being shut out 6-0 by Reno on Monday, the duo of Joc Pederson and Brock Peterson took care of that scoring slump quickly. They both blasted solo home runs in the first inning, Pederson's 23rd and Peterson's sixth homers of the season.
Sacramento (62-49) tied the game in the second inning, only for Albuquerque (53-58) to take control for good in the third. Pederson led off with a single and Tim Federowicz followed with a ground-rule double.
Peterson then smoked a two-run single to center to make it 4-2. Three batters later, Peterson came around to score on Jamie Romak's double to center.
The River Cats cut the lead to 5-4 in the fourth, only to see the Isotopes pick up insurance runs in the sixth and seventh. Chone Figgins and Romak added RBI singles.
Red Patterson (4-7) battled his way through six innings of work, allowing four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven. Josh Ravin earned his second save, striking out two in the ninth.
Alex Guerrero, having played his last two games in left field for Albuquerque, moved back to second base. He was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.
Pederson went 2-for-5 and is now 7-for-18 with three home runs in his last five games against Sacramento. Romak's two RBI gave him 29 in his last 29 games.
The Isotopes and River Cats will play again Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Drew Carpenter (2-0, 7.56 ERA) will start for the Isotopes against River Cats right-hander Arnold Leon (9-5, 4.98).